VIDEO: More Lightnings arrive in Norway

Three new F-35 aircraft landed this week at Ørland Air Base in Norway, which means now six aircraft are on Norwegian soil. Norway’s F-35 program is on schedule.

According to the Norwegian defence authorities, the arrival means the Norwegian F-35 program is proceeding on time. “We are now another step closer to reaching Full Operation Capability with the F-35 in 2025”, says a press release. “Until then, we have a lot of infrastructure to build on the two air bases Ørland and Evenes. New equipment and systems need to be fitted, and dedicated personnel are being educated and trained on the new combat aircraft system to be able to ensure Norway’s safety and sovereignty in the future.”

According to the plan, Norway will receive six new F-35s every year until 2024. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is scheduled for 2019.

© 2018 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Torbjørn Kjosvold / Norwegian Armed Forces